But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 17 July 2017 21:05

What's Wrong With Mind-Reading Arguments

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Consider Fred. Fred hates cars. But Fred hates cars in 1946. We don't know why he hates cars and perhaps he might like modern cars. We can speculate all we like, but we can't say for sure that Fred would like modern cars. We can't say, "Well, when Fred hated cars in 1946, cars were very different....

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Written by Ben Holloway
Monday, 17 July 2017 21:00

5 Reasons Our Culture Is Obsessed with Sex.

image It's no secret our culture is obsessed with sex? But what are the deeper reasons for this obsession? Sean considers 5 deeper reasons that are often overlooked.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Monday, 17 July 2017 21:00

Stirred up to Build the House of the Lord

In Ezra 1:1-5, we begin a story of hope in the midst of ruin. It is the beginning of a 117 year story of how God restores sinners - He brings them out of Babylon into his own house nurture and care. Everything that ever happened in history is for the purpose of telling the story of the rescue...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 17 July 2017 21:00

An Army Without Supplies

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I am an avid reader of books related to the Second World War. In my estimation, no conflict in history has been more interesting than this one. It has generated a wealth of fascinating stories and riveting accounts of unbelievable heroism. And even though countless thousands of books have already...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 17 July 2017 20:13

A Pastor's Reflections: Did I Preach Christ?

The third question I ask when evaluating sermons (including my own) is whether I preached Christ organically from the biblical text. Many preachers regularly ask this question of themselves, but at the same time they’re not quite sure how to do this.

Authors: Valiant for Truth Blog...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Monday, 17 July 2017 20:12

Scientific Experiments On Janet Hodgson's Paranormality

Guy Playfair and Maurice Grosse wrote:
Carrying out fully controlled experiments in somebody else's home is not easy, especially when the home is suffering from poltergeist activity. However, at least one fully instrumented experimental PK [psychokinesis] session was held under the supervision of...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Monday, 17 July 2017 20:00

Get Quick Answers to Tough Questions on Science and the Bible

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Attacks against God’s Word and the Christian faith seem to come from everywhere—from friends, family members, teachers, classmates, and those on social media. Not sure what to say to your skeptical friend or how to answer your child who may have heard a trusted teacher say something...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 17 July 2017 20:00

The Peterson Predicament and LifeWay’s Peculiar Policies

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When LifeWay only threatens removal of books whose authors endorse homosexuality, they're sending two very important messages...

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 17 July 2017 20:00

Video: Did Jesus Think He Was God? by Mike Licona

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In this recently released video from historian and scholar Mike Licona of Risen Jesus Ministries, he provides a simple yet powerful historical case that Jesus claimed to be divine.Enjoy!Courage and Godspeed,ChadRelated PostsVideo Debate: Matt Dillahunty vs. Mike Licona- Was Jesus Raised from...

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Written by Chad
Monday, 17 July 2017 20:00

The Words of My Mouth (Psa 19:14)

In the middle of James's epistle, he explains to his readers about the nature of saving faith -- it produces works (James 2:14-26). Necessarily. Faith without works is dead. That faith cannot save. The very next topic that James addresses -- keeping in mind that faith produces works -- is the topic...

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 17 July 2017 20:00

A Christian Manifesto on Healthcare and the State

  • Human beings are created in the image of God, body and soul, and have been called as such “very good.” Our bodily nature reflects God’s goodness to us and the embodied acts that we participate in (eating, sleeping, work, communicating, sexual relations, etc.) are expressions of...

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Written by Matthew Loftus
Monday, 17 July 2017 19:00

Know Your Comparative Advantage to Make Better Decisions

Peter Boettke of George Mason University, my graduate school professor and mentor, used to talk about Michael Jordan a lot in his lectures. He said, unabashedly, that Michael Jordan was and is the best basketball player in the history of the sport. There may never be anyone better. I suspect...

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Written by Dr. Anne Bradley
Monday, 17 July 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Why Do Churches Often Ignore Necessary Reforms?

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Why do churches often ignore necessary reforms?

Gary Powers explains in this video that it is sometimes difficult for churches to enact biblical reforms because of the way church government is structured. For instance, there is often a church board and senior pastors instead of a biblical eldership....

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 17 July 2017 19:00

4 Compelling Reasons to Pray for Your Pastor

Over the past eleven weeks, our church has been studying through D.A. Carson’s book—Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformationin Sunday school.  That study nicely intersected with the end of Ephesians as Paul placed his focus on the need for prayer to be employed along...

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Written by Josh Buice
Monday, 17 July 2017 19:00

Do James and Paul disagree on grace and works?

Critics of the slogan “faith alone” often point out that Scripture only speaks once about whether we are justified by faith alone—and that text denies it: “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24, CSB).

What does James mean in...

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Written by Thomas Schreiner
Monday, 17 July 2017 19:00

The Antidote to Anemic Worship

Here's an excerpt from The Antidote to Anemic Worship, Albert Mohler's contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk:

In far too many churches, the Bible is nearly silent. The public reading of Scripture has been dropped from many services and the sermon has been sidelined, reduced to a brief...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 17 July 2017 18:39

Former C3 Pastor Nick Dimitris strikes again…

On C3 Churchwatch, we monitored the ongoing scandal surrounding C3 Pastor, Nick Dimitris. Concerned C3 pastors and leaders also commented on our site, providing background to the nature of the scandal. To access information about the background to the C3 Asheville scandal, check these articles:

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Written by churchwatcher
Monday, 17 July 2017 18:01

4 Incredible Blessings of Giving Featured

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By the time the average human being reaches the age of 20, he will have watched one million commercials. 1,000,000. Think about that. Most people will watch almost four million commercials in their lifetime, and that’s only talking about regular cable television. Four million times you are...

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Written by Jordan Standridge
Monday, 17 July 2017 18:00

True Liberty

July 18, 2017

True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will. --Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758, American revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Monday, 17 July 2017 18:00

Is God a Genocidal Maniac?

A few nights ago, in the midst of a spirited discussion about faith and morality, my friend made a powerful statement. He said emphatically, “I can’t worship a God who would command his people to go kill all the men, women, and children of another nation.” This is one of the more...

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Written by Guest
Monday, 17 July 2017 18:00

No Other Name

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

There are many famous names in the history of religious thought—names such as Mohammed, Buddha, Confucius, Joseph Smith, among a host of...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Monday, 17 July 2017 17:03

Facebook Cannot Replace Your Church

Thomas Overmiller

At a recent Facebook rally in Chicago, Mark Zuckerberg suggested that the social network behemoth can effectively replace institutions like “churches and Little Leagues.” Through new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, he aims to draw people together into Facebook...

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Written by Thomas Overmiller
Monday, 17 July 2017 16:51

An Introduction to Thomas Sowell

I first read Thomas Sowell back in the late 1980s. It was his book on The Economics and Politics of Race. It was a great book and Sowell became one of my favorite writers.

Sowell recently retired and we are all poorer for it. Andre Archie at The American Conservativehas written a retrospective on...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Monday, 17 July 2017 16:30

The Christian Century on Baking Cakes

The ecumenical Christian Century asks, “Does Baking a Cake Count as Protected Speech?” The answer is the one given across the Left. It is also shared by some on the Right.

Filed under: How the Left Thinks, Religious Freedom, Social Issues

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Monday, 17 July 2017 16:02

Only In Minnesota . . .

. . . The world’s only gas station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Filed under: Minnesota

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Monday, 17 July 2017 16:00

Three Woes Described

(Read Part 35) Review—Introspective Challenge of the Judgment The six seal judgments (see Rev. 6) and the first four trumpet judgments (Rev. 8:1-12) will wreak havoc on the heavens and the earth in the future tribulation period. The Apostle John has yet to reveal the most horrific...

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Written by admin
Monday, 17 July 2017 16:00

GOD’S LIVING WORDS OF TRUTH, HOPE, ENCOURAGEMENT, OR WARNINGS, TO START YOUR DAY

INTRODUCTION – FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THIS SERIES Because there seems to be such a lack of emphasis on God’s Word these days, I wanted to start a new series that will simply focus on God’s Word. So, Lord willing, at the beginning of each and every day I will just be sharing...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:10

Pray for Forgetfulness

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Few thoughts are more haunting for a preacher than forgetting: forgetting one's Bible, notes, illustration, outline, or conclusion. Several hours of preparation, hopefully, have readied one to explain and apply a passage of Scripture to a group of people. To forget aspects of that...

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Written by Brandon Freeman
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:05

July 18: Westminster Theological Seminary Begins (1929)

Plans for a New Seminary

The “school of the prophets” was lost to Old School Presbyterianism. The great theologians of old Princeton — Alexander, Miller, Hodge, etc. — might still be buried in the cemetery plot of Princeton, but so also was buried their...

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Written by archivist
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:05

Misusing Your Spiritual Disciplines

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Once upon a time I ran a marathon. For years I had heard experienced runners talk about this sense of euphoria that happens during a long race – they called it a “runner’s high.” It’s that moment when the pain disappears and, like magic, your legs are filled with...

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Written by Michael Kelley
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:00

The Mystery of Believing

He said, "Who are You, Lord?" —Acts 9:5

Through the miracle of redemption, Saul of Tarsus was instantly changed from a strong-willed and forceful Pharisee into a humble and devoted bondservant of the Lord Jesus.

There is nothing miraculous or mysterious about the things we can explain. We...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:00

Sneak Peek Interview with Courtney Reissig

Written by: Melissa Kruger

image I always like to know a little something about an author before I sit down and open up his or her book. Today, I’m excited to share about a Courtney Reissig’s new book, Glory in the Ordinary. Whatever your average day looks like, we all do...

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Written by Melissa Kruger
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:00

Judges 1; Acts 5; Jeremiah 14; Matthew 28

Written by: Don Carson

Judges 1; Acts 5; Jeremiah 14; Matthew 28

THE ACCOUNT OF ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA, whose names are recorded in the earliest Christian records because of their deceit (Acts 5:1-11), is disturbing on several grounds. Certainly the early church thought so (Acts 5:5, 11). Four...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:00

From the Archives: What Does "Reformed" Mean?

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From time to time Baptist (and other) friends ask me, “What does ‘Reformed’ mean, anyway?” They have come across a Baptist or Bible church that now styles itself “Reformed” or have heard someone describe a leader as having “gone Reformed,” and...

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Written by Aaron Blumer
Monday, 17 July 2017 14:47

Ensine Seu Povo a Sofrer

Minha amada esposa e eu estávamos sentados em uma aula para pais na igreja, quando o presidente do conselho de líderes entrou e nos chamou. Na realidade ele perguntou pelos “pais do Calvin Dodson.” Ficamos um pouco envergonhados, achando que nosso pequeno pode ter feito...

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Written by André Carvalho
Monday, 17 July 2017 14:01

I AM

JULY 18
I AM
“When He said to them, ‘I am He,’ they drew back and fell to the ground.” JOHN 18:6

When they came to arrest the Lord Jesus in the garden, He asked, “Who are you looking for?” And they answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” He simply said, “I...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Monday, 17 July 2017 13:59

John Patton on the Treatment of Women in Tanna, Before Christianity

John Patton (1824-1907) was a missionary to the New Hebrides. With the rather common attack upon Christianity in the West as somehow being degrading of women, it is interesting to read Patton’s observations about an explicitly non-Western and non-Christian culture on this point:

Amongst the...

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Written by memoirandremains
Monday, 17 July 2017 13:44

The Priceless Gift of a Contented Heart

Written by: Scotty Smith

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot Prov. 14:30

“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 17 July 2017 13:24

Batovici: Two B Scribes in Codex Sinaiticus?

imageIn the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, Dan Batovici has a new article arguing against splitting the “B” scribe into two.
Abstract: The history of scribal hand identification in Codex Sinaiticus is a fairly complicated one. The most recent identification, splitting...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Monday, 17 July 2017 12:32

Islam and Sharia Creep Spinning Out of Control Featured

If and when we wake up one day in the West to find the Bible banned, churches shut down, and sharia police roaming the streets to enforce strict compliance to the religion of peace, one thing will be certain: some of us have been warning about such things for a very long time, but sadly such...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Monday, 17 July 2017 12:14

The Ordo Salutis

Monday, 17 July 2017 12:02

BTWN Episode 262 | Fred Butler is Mad! | “The Benedict Arnold Option” by JD Hall Featured

Fred Butlers “Francis Chan” Article

CFTP | Episode #58 | The Benedict Arnold Option w/Guest JD Hall | Live Hangout

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Written by Tim Hurd
Monday, 17 July 2017 11:43

The Reality of Suffering Versus ‘Your Best Life Now’ Featured

There is much to celebrate and enjoy in life, and if you are a Christian you have plenty of reasons to rejoice and be glad. But that joy is in Christ, not in this world. Yes God is our source of peace and joy, but life itself is a real mixed bag.

We live in a very dark and fallen world, so there is...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Monday, 17 July 2017 11:37

Chad Robison, Worship Leaders at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, PCA, Allegedly Molested Many Children and Authorities Need Your Help

C'mon PCA and The Gospel Coalition, time to man up if you actually care about child sex abuse. This dude was one of your own.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Monday, 17 July 2017 11:29

“Is Lighthouse Trails Haters?”

“Is Lighthouse Trails Haters?”

LTRP Note: Recently, we sent out a Special Note to our readers asking you to pray for us as we have been undergoing extra pressures from forces that wanted to see Lighthouse Trails come to an end. While we can’t say that all pressure has been...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors